KQED Radio Staff
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Scott Shafer did not travel a straight career line to KQED. He started his radio news career with KPFA in Berkeley, KFBK in Sacramento and KOIT in San Francisco.
He left radio for a few years (or rather, radio left him after format changes where he worked) and plunged into the world of politics, a.k.a. "the dark side." From 1988 to 1992, Scott served former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos as Press Secretary, and later worked for then-State Controller Gray Davis as Chief of Staff. After a stint as a political consultant, he returned to journalism at KQED 88.5FM in 1998.
As host and correspondent of the statewide California Report, Scott reports on a wide range of topics, from military and veterans issues to health care and gay marriage. He's won many awards for excellence, including ones from Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI), the Society for Professional Journalists and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. He also hosts the "Health Dialogues" series on important health issues facing our state.
When he's not at work Scott stays active swimming, playing water polo and biking. He also loves to travel. Of the many places he has visited his favorite destinations are Spain, Italy and Mexico.
Email Scott: email@example.com
Call Scott: (415) 553-2255
Stories (290 archives)
Gay rights advocates say the Obama administration's decision to weigh-in against California's ban on same-sex marriage is a political game-changer. The government's legal brief argues that since domestic partnerships in California offer the same legal rights as marriage, withholding the name "marriage" as Proposition 8 did can only be explained by unjustified prejudice.
Thursday is the deadline for friend-of-the-court or amicus briefs to be filed in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Now, one last-minute brief from prominent Republicans opposing Prop. 8 has legal circles buzzing.
It's going to be a busy weekend in the nation's capital as preparations kick into high gear for Monday's inaugural. The California Report's Scott Shafer has been in Washington D.C. all week, talking with lawmakers about a range of issues from gun control to immigration policy. Today he catches up with House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi.
California's Congressional delegation is reacting along party lines to President Obama's pledge to introduce sweeping gun control legislation next week. But we're also hearing cautious optimism that something will get done to reduce gun violence.
For the first 20 years of his career, San Francisco architect Chris Downey had an impressive, but mostly typical portfolio of work -- university libraries, wineries, aquariums, theaters, homes -- those kinds of things. But his life was turned upside down at age 45.